Add an elegant touch to New Year’s Eve celebrations by whipping up a colorful cocktail that will toast the evening in style.
By combining a few ingredients, a refreshing drink can be ready to serve in no time. You also can add a dash of vermouth, if desired. And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Make it even more festive by adding a skewer of fresh cranberries to the drink.
Sophisticated, romantic, and always in good taste, a martini is a delightful choice when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers!
Crushed ice 5 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, chilled 3 tablespoons vodka 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Fill a martini shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Cover and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Makes 1 serving.
When it comes to squeezing out every drop of the fleeting days of summer, this colorful drink makes it easy.
BLUE CITRUS COCKTAILS
4 cups lemonade, chilled
2 cups blue curacao
3/4 cup vodka
3/4 cup cold water
Juice of 1 medium lemon
Tropical flowers (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, blue curacao, vodka, water, and lemon juice; stir well. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with tropical flowers, if desired. Makes 10 servings
Lemonade is good enough on its own, but it’s easy to add a tantalizing twist to this summertime favorite with the addition of maraschino cherries.
Jarred maraschino cherries and a bit of their juice combine deliciously with lemonade for a seasonal drink that’s great for entertaining. To ensure outdoor gatherings are a breeze, use this Oneida iced pitcher and store in the fridge until right before serving.
The fruit infusion rod that’s in the middle of the pitcher is ideal for layering lemon wedges and maraschino cherries to add extra flavor to this drink, but you can infuse water or just about any beverage with your choice of fruit and stash in the fridge until ready to serve. Refill the pitcher as often as you like and replace the fruit every 7 to 10 days.
For adults, add a splash of vodka to your glass before serving if desired. When it comes to enjoying every drop of the fleeting days of summer, this crowd-pleasing recipe and the fruit infusion pitcher make it easy.
EASY CHERRY LEMONADE
1 (2-quart serving size) envelope lemon flavor unsweetened soft drink mix 3/4 cup sugar 8 cups cold water 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice Juice of 1 medium lemon Lemon wedges Maraschino cherries Ice cubes
In a large pitcher, combine drink mix, sugar, water, cherry juice, and lemon juice. Add lemon wedges and maraschino cherries. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour cherry lemonade over ice cubes. Makes 8 servings.
Squeezed for time but would like to enjoy a glass of fresh-tasting lemonade spiked with a splash of vodka? Then grab a package of lemon flavored drink mix and a few pantry staples and you’ll be on your way to a refreshing glass of spiked lemonade in no time.
While most lemonade recipes call for making simple syrup, this recipe takes a shortcut and makes good use of packaged drink mix and a couple of lemons. No one will guess that this tangy drink takes only minutes to stir up—making it the perfect recipe to sip at any summertime get-together.
So when it comes to enjoying every drop of summer, this crowd-pleasing recipe makes it easy. Cheers!
EASY SPIKED LEMONADE
1 (2-quart serving size) envelope lemon flavor unsweetened soft drink mix 1 cup sugar 8 cups cold water 3/4 cup vodka Juice of 1 medium lemon 1 medium lemon, sliced Ice cubes Fresh mint (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine drink mix, sugar, water, vodka, and lemon juice. Add sliced lemon; stir well. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
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